AMF “Summer Unplugged”

Growing up, my mom always had a hard time trying to figure out what to do with me and my brothers in the summers when we were off from school.  One thing we would do a couple of times per summer would be to go bowling.  We would be inside where it is air conditioned, but still had the chance to be competitive and play a sport.  My youngest brother was probably the most fun to watch bowling – if he needed the ball to lean to the left, he’d lean his whole body to the left in hopes that the ball would follow his lead.  It usually didn’t.  My other brother was usually the best at bowling, with my younger brother and I competing for who would come in last.

This summer AMF is hosting Summer Unplugged, free bowling for kids and Summer Pass which is bowling for 16 and older.  The Summer Unplugged program offers vouchers for kids to bowl 2 free games per day in the summer.  All you need to do is register your email on their website I linked and you’ll get a weekly voucher for 2 games per child.  Shoe rental is not included. This promotion runs until September 3rd.  Summer Pass is just $29.95 and allows you and 3 other family members 16 and older to bowl 2 games per day all summer long!  That is less than $7.50 per person! Bowling is available until 8pm 7 days a week. Shoe rental is not included with the Summer Pass.  This is a great deal and I am tempted to get my brothers and go down a day or two this summer for old times sake and see if we’ve gotten any better with age!

I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing.  All opinions stated in the post are my own

Book Review: Vision Box Ideas

I am always looking for fun and creative ways to display my “stuff”, and Vision Box Ideas has definitely given me MANY ideas. (Now if only I had all the time in the world to do crafts!)  The book is by Mark Montano.  If his name sounds familiar to you (like it did to me!) it is because he was one of the designers on the TLC Show “While You Were Out” (which for a while was hosted by 2gether member Evan Farmer so I made sure to never miss an episode!)

Vision Boxes are 3-D mixed media projects.  The book shows you ways to make your own boxes or you can buy a deep frame at the craft store and work from that. (I think shadow boxes would probably also work.)  There are a lot of cute ideas in the books with a list of supplies in order to duplicate them, but I think if I get around to making one of them I will modify it so it is more “me”.

The book is full color and shows images throughout the steps of creating the boxes so you can be sure not to “mess up” (however, a lot of times in crafts such as these it is often the things that are done as a mistake that really give the items a life and look of their own!)

Find out more about Mark at his website:

and blog:

About the Book

Vision boxes and shrine containers connect the spirit of creativity with life. Each of Mark’s charming projects will help you discover the inner self, acquire a sense of wonder, and provide inspiration. Be inspired as you assemble your personal mojo into a personal display of your life. Bring your mind, hands and spirit into focus through these simple steps. Vision Boxes are very personal and require no artistic training. Expand personal messages in your projects as you discover your hidden potential. Appreciate the uniqueness of your experience in the world as you create unique art and discover the infinite possibilities that spring from creativity.

About the Author:
Mark Montano is the author of Big Ass Book of Crafts, Big Ass Book of Crafts #2, Big
Ass Book of Home Decor, Pulp Fiction and others. He has been a contributing editor to
CosmoGIRL! magazine and his weekly column, Make Your Mark appeared in more than
70 news papers across the country. His television credits include being a designer on
While You Were Out (TLC), and She’s Moving In (WE TV) as well as hosting 10 Years
Younger (TLC) and My Celebrity Home (Style Network). He holds a Masters Degree
from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where he also runs a
successful boutique.

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